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Change of Responsibility Script

COMMAND SERGEANT MAOR
CHANGE OF RESPONSIBILITY CEREMONY
SEQUENCE OF EVENTS

BAND:  From 1045 until 1100 plays appropriate music, and the Color
Guard takes its initial position.

PARTICIPATING UNITS: All MSC/Battalion/Company, the Honor Company, and HHC, Your Unit Name on the final line at “Parade Rest NLT 1050 hours.

NARRATOR:  At 1058 announces “LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE CEREMONY
WILL BEGIN IN TWO MINUTES.  PLEASE MOVE TO YOUR SEATS AND TURN OFF ALL CELL PHONES AND ELECTRONIC DEVICES.”

NARRATOR:  At 1100 “GOOD AFTERNOON, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN. ON BEHALF OF THE COMMANDER OF “Unit Name,” WELCOME TO OUR CHANGE OF RESPONSIBILITY CEREMONY.  THIS MORNING, COMMAND SERGEANT MAJOR CSM1 Name WILL RELINQUISH RESPONSIBILITY AS THE Your Unit
Name SERGEANT MAJOR1 TO COMMAND SERGEANT MAJOR CSM2 Name.  WE EXTEND A SINCERE WELCOME TO OUR DISTINGUISHED GUESTS. 
(PROTOCOL will provide the list just prior to the ceremony)THE COMMANDER OF TROOPS TODAY IS COMMAND SERGEANT MAJOR Name. THE CEREMONY WILL BEGIN WHEN THE COT SOUNDS ATTENTION.”

COT:  Commands Sound Attention.”

BAND:  Sounds ATTENTION

UNITS:  (AFTER THE LAST NOTE OF “Attention”), Each Unit CSM (or 1SGs) will come to attention. In sequence, starting from Unit I, over the right shoulder and command “Command Attention.” Colors will take their commands from Unit II.

Narrator: “Ladies and Gentlemen, please stand for the arrival of THE OFFICIAL PARTY.

***NOTE:  When the Official Party has halted at their post, COT faces
about and commands, 
Bring your units to Present, Arms”. Each Unit CSM (or 1SGs), in
sequence, starting from Unit I, over the right shoulder and command “
Command Present Arms.” Each Unit CSM comes to Present Arms.  Colors will take their commands from Unit II.

(OPTIONAL FOR GO COMMANDS) BANDPlays ruffles and flourishes and the Generals march.

Senior Commander: Commander returns salute (at the completion of honors, if used).

COT:  Comes to Order Arms and faces about, then commands “Bring your unit to Order Arms”

UNIT CSM: Each Unit CSM, in sequence, starting from Unit I, over the right shoulder and command “Command Order Arms.” Each Unit CSM comes to “Order Arms.”  Colors will
take their commands from Unit II.

NARRATOR: “LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, PLEASE BE SEATED.”

CSM1 NameMarches forward and halts two steps in front of the Color Guard and faces about, commands over his right shoulder “Forward, March” – the COT and colors take 6 steps forward and COT commands, “Mark Time, March” and “Halt.”

***NOTE: When colors are halted, the COT salutes and says, “SIR, THE COLORS ARE PRESENT”.

COMMANDER: Directs “PRESENT THE COMMAND.”

COT:  Marches to right of center, halts, faces right, and directs “Bring
your units to Present, Arms”
; Each Unit CSM, in sequence, starting from Unit I, over
the right shoulder and command “
Command Present Arms.” Each Unit CSM comes to Present
Arms
.  After all units are at Present Arms, COT faces about and directs, “Colors,
Present, Arms
” and comes to Present Arms himself.

NARRATOR: “LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, PLEASE STAND FOR THE NATIONAL ANTHEM.”

BAND:  Plays the NATIONAL ANTHEM.

NARRATOR: At the conclusion of the national anthems, “LADIES AND GENTLEMEN PLEASE BE SEATED.”

COT:  Execute Order Arms and commands “Colors, Order Arms.” COT faces about and commands “Bring your units to Order Arms.” Each Unit CSM, in sequence, starting from Unit I, over the right shoulder and command “Command Order Arms.” Each Unit CSM comes to Order Arms.

COT: Executes an About Face.

NARRATOR: THE CHANGE OF RESPONSIBILITY IS A SIMPLE YET TRADITIONAL EVENT THAT IS RICH WITH SYMBOLISM AND HERITAGE. THE KEY TO THE CEREMONY IS THE PASSING OF THE Unit’s
Name COLORS. THE VERY SOUL OF A MILITARY UNIT IS SYMBOLIZED IN THE COLORS UNDER
WHICH IT FIGHTS, FOR THEY REPRESENT NOT ONLY THE LINAGE AND HONORS OF THE UNIT,
BUT ALSO THE LOYALTY AND UNITY OF ITS SOLDIERS. THE CUSTODIAN OF THE COLORS IS
THE Unit Name SERGEANT MAJOR, WHO IS THE SENIOR ENLISTED SOLDIER IN THE Unit
name AND PRINCIPAL ADVISOR TO THE COMMANDER. THE COMMANDER OF TROOPS, COMMAND
SERGEANT MAJOR Name WILL PROVIDE THE COLORS TO COMMAND SERGEANT MAJOR Name. THE
PASSING OF THE COLORS SYMBOLIZES THE TRANSFER OF COMMAND RESPONSIBILITY AND
AUTHORITY FROM COMMAND SERGEANT MAJOR outgoing CSM1 Name TO COMMAND SERGEANT
MAJOR Incoming CSM2 Name. THIS DEMONSTRATES TO THE SOLDIERS OF THE Unit name
THAT COMMAND SERGEANT MAJOR Name HAS PASSED THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE Unit Name
TO COMMAND SERGEANT MAJOR Name, AND WITH THIS ALSO PASSES THE LOYALTY AND UNITY
OF THE SOLDIERS.

CSM1 Name: (As the narrator begins to read passing of the colors narration) march forward and halt one step in front of the Your Unit Name colors. Remove the Your Unit Name colors from the color bearer’s sling with the right hand above the left hand, and faces about.

COMMANDER, CSM1 NAME AND CSM2 NAME:
(Simultaneously) the official party moves forward to within four steps of the
colors and halts. The CSMs will take one additional step.

CSM1 NAME: Command “Center Face”. Both CSMs will face each other.

NARRATOR: BY AUTHORITY OF ARMY REGULATION 600-20, COMMAND SERGEANT MAJOR Incoming CSM2 Name ASSUMES RESPONSIBILITY AS THE Unit’s Name SERGEANT MAJOR AND CUSTODIAN OF THE
Unit’s Name COLORS EFFECTIVE APRIL 13, 2016.

COT: Upon completion of reading the assumption of responsibility order step forward and present the Your Unit Name colors to CSM1 Name.

CSM1 NAME: Grasp the Your Unit Name colors with the left hand above the right hand. Then pass the Your Unit Name colors to Senior Offical.

COMMANDER: Grasp the colors with the right hand above the left and, in turn, pass the Your Unit Name colors to CSM2 Name.

CSM2 NAME: Grasp the Your Unit Name colors with the left hand above the right hand.  Then
pass the colors to the COT.
 

COT: Grasp colors with the right hand above the left hand.

NARRATOR: COMMAND SERGEANT MAJOR Name WILL NOW RETURN THE Unit’s Name COLORS TO THE Your Unit Name COLOR GUARD WHO EXEMPLIFY THE HIGHEST STANDARDS OF DISCIPLINE, CONDUCT AND
MILITARY EXPERTISE THAT GO WITH THE RESPONSIBILITY OF BEARING THE FLAG THAT
REPRESENTS Unit Moto.

CSM1 NAME: Command “Center Face”. On Command, CSM1 Name and CSM2 Name
execute facing movements in the direction to face the colors.

COT: On command, face about and return the colors to the color bearer’s sling.

CSM1 NAME: Command ” About Face” On the Command, COMMANDER, CSM1 Name and CSM2
Name face about and return to and exchange positions (CSM1 Name should
hesitate to allow CSM2 Name to pass).

COT: On the Command, step to the right as in marching and return to initial position. Then execute a left face and assume the position of parade rest.

NARRATOR: “LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, MRS. CSM1 Wife name IS NOW BEING PRESENTED A BOUQUET OF RED ROSES.

USHER: Presents flowers to Mrs. CSM1 Wife name.

NARRATOR: “LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, MRS. CSM2 Wife name IS NOW BEING PRESENTED A BOUQUET OF YELLOW ROSES.

USHER: Presents flowers to Mrs. CSM2 Wife name.

NARRATOR: ” LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE COMMANDER OF THE Unit Name,
Commander Name.”

COMMANDER: Comes forward and gives his remarks. After completion of his remarks, moves back to his position

NOTE:  CSMs come to parade rest during speeches.

NARRATOR: ” LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE OUTGOING SERGEANT MAJOR, COMMAND SERGEANT MAJOR CSM1 name.”

CSM1 NAME:
Moves to the podium and gives remarks. Returns to outgoing position or to seat.

NARRATOR: ” LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE COMMAND SERGEANT MAJOR OF THE Unit Name, COMMAND SERGEANT MAJOR CSM2 name.”

CSM2 NAME:
Moves to the podium and gives remarks.  Returns to incoming position.

COT: (Once CSM2 Name moves to the front of the podium), assumes the position ofAttention and executes an About Face and commands, “Bring your units to Attention.” After all units are at attention, Then Commands “Colors, Post (pause) March.”

A:  On the command “Post” the following actions occur at the same time:

1. Color Guard Reverse Colors and halt.

2. The COT executes a Right Face.

***NOTE:  On the command “March” the following actions occur at the same
time:

A: Color Guard marches to its original position, executes Reverse Colors, and halts.

B: COT marches to his original position and waits until Colors are halted, then executes a Left Face. Once the Colors finish moving, COT executes an About Face.

NARRATOR:  “LADIES AND GENTLEMEN PLEASE STAND FOR THE PLAYING AND SINGING OF THE ARMY SONG. PLEASE REMAIN STANDING FOR THE RETIRING OF THE COLORS.”

BAND: PLAYS “ARMY SONG”.

COT:  Presents Arms and says,SIR, this concludes the ceremony.”

COMMANDER: Returns salute.

COT: Executes About Face.

COLOR GUARDExecutes Right Wheel, then marches out of the gym.

COT: Once Colors have departed, “SERGEANTS MAJOR AND FIRST SERGEANTS, TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR
UNITS.”

NARRATOR: “LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THIS CONCLUDES TODAY’S ACTIVITIES.  PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO WISH COMMAND SERGEANT MAJOR1 Name FAREWELL. THERE IS A WELCOMING RECEPTION
FOR COMMAND SERGEANT MAJOR2 Name OVER AT _______PLACE.”

 

 

 

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Dan is a leadership coach, management consultant, and change agent who has mentored hundreds of leaders at all levels. A retired Command Sergeant Major with more than 26-years serving soldiers and their families, he has deployments to Bosnia-Herzegovina and Iraq. Dan's culminating assignment was as the senior enlisted advisor of a major Army Command (USAMC) and as the Army's senior enlisted sustainer. He served on the Sergeant Major of the Army's Board of Directors and is author, editor or advisor to a number of soldier-related books and articles. Working as an independent consultant and small-business owner in Killeen TX, Dan continues to serve soldiers as a Blogger, Podcaster and Speaker. He was selected as the first enlisted Senior Fellow for the Association of the United States Army and was inducted to the US Army Sergeants Major Academy Wall of Fame, and the US Army Ordnance Corps Hall of Fame

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